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Facilitators of and Barriers to Providing Access to Community-Based Exercise Programmes for Adults with Post-Stroke Aphasia from the Perspective of Programme Representatives

Individuals with post-stroke aphasia (PSA) engage in inadequate levels
of physical activity (PA), hindering physical and psychosocial recovery.
The purpose of this study was to identify the extent to which community-based
exercise programmes (CBEPs) in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) are accessible to
adults living with PSA and the characteristics of such programmes from the
perspective of CBEP representatives. Methods:
A cross-sectional, Web-based survey
was administered to representatives of CBEPs open to adults post-stroke in the
GTA to identify the CBEPs' relevant characteristics and perceived facilitators of
and barriers to accessibility. Results: A total of 17 eligible CBEP
representatives completed the survey, for a response rate of 32%. The most
commonly used exercise instructors were personal trainers (8; 47%). Of the 17
eligible CBEP representatives, 10 (59%) identified a lack of qualified personnel
as the main barrier to providing access to adults with PSA. Verbal strategies
were among the most commonly used methods of communication with adults with PSA
(16; 94%), and written material was the least used (5; 29%). Conclusion:
Understanding the common facilitators of and barriers to providing adults with
PSA access to CBEPs will assist programme developers to improve the accessibility
of CBEPs and facilitate PA in this population.

Langue : ANGLAIS

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